Le Paysan de Paris (The Peasant of Paris) - Louis Aragon, Henri Cartier-Bresson

1994 - The Limited editions Club, New York - Number 89 of 300 copies.
‘I was seeking… a new kind of novel that would break all the traditional rules governing the writing of fiction… a novel that the critics would be obliged to approach empty-handed’ – Louis Aragon

A beautiful copy of this superbly produced limited edition of Louis Aragon’s outstanding Surrealist novel – in which he compares a poet’s love for his city to a peasant’s love for his land – signed by Henri Cartier-Bresson on the limitation page.

Stunningly illustrated with seven original lithographs and a photogravure by Henri Cartier-Bresson. The lithographs were pulled by Bruce Porter at his Trestle Editions studio in New York. The photogravure was printed by Jon Goodman on French-made Arjo Wiggins stock.

Translated from the French by Samuel Watson Taylor.
 
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Death in the Making - Robert Capa, Gerda Taro

1938 - Covici Friede, New York - First Edition
'If the photo isn't good enough, it's because you're not close enough.' – Robert Capa

A stunning copy of Robert Capa’s first published monograph – a landmark of 20
th century war photography – in the rare dust jacket depicting a Loyalist soldier falling to his death, gun in hand, after being shot – a now iconic image of the Spanish Civil War Featuring 145 photographs by Robert Capa and Gerda Taro, captions by Robert Capa, translated and with a preface by Jay Allen, and arranged by André Kertesz. Housed in a custom clamshell case of fine black morocco leather over matching cloth, velvet lined, and lettered in gilt to the spine.

From 1936 onwards, Capa's coverage of the Spanish Civil War appeared regularly. His picture of a Loyalist soldier who had just been fatally wounded earned him his international reputation and became a powerful symbol of war. After his companion, Gerda Taro, was killed in Spain, Capa travelled to China in 1938 and emigrated to New York a year later. As a correspondent in Europe, he photographed the Second World War, covering the landing of American troops on Omaha beach on D-Day, the liberation of Paris and the Battle of the Bulge
 
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Sometime in New York City - John Lennon, Bob Gruen (photographer)

1995 - Genesis Publications, Guildford - Limited edition, Number 1720 of 3500 copies
‘Walk through the park and there are people holding hands and kissing. New York is beginning to look like Paris when I was younger, when I was twenty-four and people were holding hands and kissing under bridges. It's happening again. People are dreaming again’ – John Lennon

A fine copy of this superbly produced work, one of the limited copies signed by both Yoko Ono and Bob Gruen – the complete story of the romance of John Lennon and Yoko Ono told in their own words and set against the vibrant backdrop of New York City. Profusely illustrated throughout with intimate photographs – mostly in colour and previously unpublished – selected from the archives of photographer Bob Gruen.

‘One afternoon in June 1975, John Lennon got lost in the mammoth Westbeth artists’ complex in Manhattan, looking for Bob Gruen’s photo studio and apartment, after partying all weekend with Harry Nilsson.

“He was ringing doorbells,” Mr. Gruen recalled. “Four o’clock on a Sunday afternoon. Everyone in the building is an artist, so they were opening the door saying: ‘Oh, my God, John Lennon! Let me show you my painting. Let me read you my poem.’ ” When he finally found the apartment, Mr. Gruen said, he told him, “ ‘Man, you’ve got some weird neighbors.’ ”

“I always figured if he could find it in that condition,” Mr. Gruen added, “anyone could.” –
New York Times, 2011. 
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Eye-Contact – The Complete Black-and-White Rolling Stones Archive of Gered Mankowitz - Gered Mankowitz

1998 - Genesis Publications, Guildford - Limited Edition, Number 323 of 950 copies
A magnificent tome of images of The Rolling Stones, the complete black and white photographic archive of celebrated Stones’ photographer Gered Mankowitz, reproduced here as 12” x 16” contact sheets, and signed by Mankowitz on the limitation page. Housed in an impressive photographic solander box.

Renowned for his iconic images of The Rolling Stones, such as the
Between the Buttons cover shot, Mankowitz’s archive of 170 contact sheets presents a wealth of previously unpublished photographs of this legendary rock ‘n’ roll band, including 18 which Gered personally selected for full page reproduction in this wonderfully produced large format volume.

In allowing publication of his entire archive, Mankowitz requested the number of copies in the edition be kept to an absolute minimum in order to preserve the exclusivity of his historic images. A Genesis ‘Hall of Fame’ title, this edition is now full subscribed.
 
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The Stones '65-67. Together with The Stones '82 - Gered Mankowitz

2002 - Vision On, London - Limited Gallery Edition, Number 561 of 1000 copies
Signed by photographer Gered Mankowitz.

‘This is the book that’s the closest to the very beginning, when five into one did go, a book of pictures that captures forever the collisionistic wondertime of absolute rock’n’roll winners and definite beginners’ – Andrew Loog Oldham.

A fine limited edition of this striking photographic chronicle of The Rolling Stones backstage, in performance, and at the studio between 1965 and 1967, with a fully participant Brian Jones, taken by the Stones’ photographer Gerald Mankowitz and signed by him. With additional text in the form of interviews from Mankowitz and Marianne Faithfull. Together with the accompanying portfolio booklet of the later Stones’ line up in 1982, featuring Ronnie Wood as second guitarist.
 
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1999 - Genesis Publications, Guildford - Limited Edition, Number 1233 of 1750 copies
A fine example of this Genesis ‘Hall of Fame’ title – now fully subscribed – which brings together photographer Michael Putland’s archive documents of the 1970s and chronicles in remarkable detail the decade many consider to be the most interesting in The Rolling Stones’ history. Signed by Putland on the limitation page and featuring a foreword by Stones’ guitarist Mick Taylor.

Putland was invited by the Stones’ to be the band’s official tour photographer just prior to their 1972 world tour, a position Putland happily accepted. His physical closeness to the Stones – he was often only feet away from them on stage – resulted in a wealth of memorable images, all brilliantly compiled in this exquisitely produced volume.

This incredible anthology of images, rarely published and never exhibited, includes shots of Mick Taylor in the line up, the
It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll video shoot, the arrival of Ronnie Wood, the first pictures of Keith after his Toronto drug bust, backstage at the Palladium, and the fantastic 100 Club gig. It also captures the band alongside other legendary musicians, including Paul McCartney, Billy Preston (Apple Records), Bob Marley, Peter Tosh (The Wailers), Roger Waters (Pink Floyd), Eric Clapton, Ian McLagan (Small Faces) and Van Morrison. 
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Exile. The Making of Exile on Main St. - SIGNED - Dominique Tarlé, Keith Richards (foreword)

2001 - Genesis Publications, Guildford - Limited Edition, Number 1233 of 2000 copies
Exile documents one blissful six-month stint in the South of France with the Rolling Stones… bound to become a coffee table essential for the rich and fabulous’ – Vogue

The large and lavish photo-documentary of Keith’s residency at Villa Nellcote over the Summer of 1971 where the Stones recorded their legendary double-album
Exile on Main St. in the basement, with an exceptional collection of previously unpublished images by acclaimed French rock photographer Dominique Tarlé, and signed by him. They rank amongst the finest and most revealing ever taken of the Rolling Stones or any rock band. Remarkably, as a body of work the photographs remained unpublished for over thirty years.

‘Exactly 30 years after the Stones' stay at the villa Nellcôte a book of photos is being published – symbolically called
Exile – which narrates this episode with exceptional beauty, snatched poses, fleeting moments. It is an accurate, elegant X-ray into the deep heart of the legend’ – La Repubblica 
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